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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 7, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 8-THE LETHBRIOGE HERALD Thursday, March 7, 1874 Lawrence Lamb M.D. Dear Dr. Lamb I'm a woman, 25, and my husband and I plan to start our family. However, I have a tremendous fear of going through labor. Whenever a woman tells me about her childbirth experiences and goes into detail about labor pains I always get sick. I get weak, dizzy, hot and my hearing fades. I usually have to leave the room or else I would probably faint. My pelvis is extremely small. Could I possibly deliver an average-size baby in the usual manner, or would I have to have a Caesarean? I feel that my fear exists because my pelvis is so small, I expect to have a long and painful labor. Despite my small pelvis, if I follow a good exercise program and exercise my stomach muscles before and during pregnancy could this reduce the amount of hours I would have to be in labor? Is it possible for a healthy young woman to die because she is unable to endure a long and painful labor period? This is what I am really afraid of because I have never been a physically strong person. If I cannot overcome this fear should I go ahead and get pregnant anyway? Could my fear be harmful to me if I were actually pregnant? Dear Reader I think you are worrying about a problem that doesn't exist. Your doctor will measure the outlet of your pelvis and can tell if it is really too small for your baby. If there is any doubt he can get some x-rays and measure it more exactly. If your pelvis outlet is too small then a simple Caesarean procedure could be planned. A doctor would try to keep you from going through a difficult labor. The prolonged contractions would be hard on the baby. He can use the proper amount of medicines to relieve your pain, if needed. Incidentally, some women have natural childbirth with training and require essentially no important medicines The possibility you would die from labor is extremely remote When this rare event occurs today, it is usually from an unusual complication, such as a problem in controlling clotting mechanisms, or in a woman who has an underlying health such as advanced rheumatic heart disease. Some women like to talk about their labor pains. Like some war stories, they get better with each telling. This is bad because it results in young women like you thinking childbirth is always an ordeal. It needn't be. The fear can make you more tense and increase your problems with delivery. Medicines often help overcome that problem. All you really need to do is talk to your doctor about your fear. He will want to reassure you before your delivery. If the fear of labor is all that is bothering you, I think you can solve your problem this way rather easily. Developing a good level of fitness helps, not only in having the baby, but in having the strength to take care of your new baby. It is unrelated to the small pelvis problem. So, relax and learn to think of those big talkers as the female version of the man who brags about all the dangerous situations he has overcome. You may even find some of them are ridiculous enough to be pretty funny. Send your questions to Dr. Lamb, in care of this newspaper, P.O. Box 1551, Radio City Station, New York, N.Y. 10019. For a copy of Dr. Lamb's booklet on losing weight, send 50 cents to the same address and ask for "Losing Weight" booklet. Flashback By THE CANADIAN PRESS March 7, 1974 Alexander Graham Bell was granted the first basic patent 'on the telephone 98 years ago today in 1876. Fifty years later the first successful radio telephone conversation was conducted between New York and London. Collazo, a Puerto Rican nationalist, was convicted of an assassination attempt on United States president Harry Truman. Second Canadian Victory loan raised in three days. nationalist MPs in London proposed immediate home rule for Ireland. Goren on Bridge BY CHARLES H. GOREN MM. TIM CHCIM TritM Both vulnerable. North deals. NORTH U7 WEST EAST 4A3 0105 49542 SOUTH 4K94 S7AKS O AQJ3 AKJ The bidding: North East Swath West Pan Pats 3 NT Pass Past Pass Opening lead: Five of 4 "Aces were made to cap- ture kings" is an old bridge cliche. Today's declarer helped the defenders achieve this objective, but they still haven't thanked him for his generosity. South had a classic three no trump opffung bid 7S points in high cards and 4-3- 3-3 distribution. Since North's original pass had al- ready been something of an overbid, there was no reason for him to do anything except took forward to partner tak- ing in nine tricks. West led the five of spades, and before playing to the first tack Sooth re- viewed his proipticti. The opening lead assured MB of seven quick tricks. The most likely place to develop two more tricks was the dia- mond suit. If diamonds split 3-3, the ant was certain to produce two extra tricks. However, declarer was wen aware that six missing cards rated to divide 4-2 more often than 3-3. In that case, two dia- mond finesses would be the best chance to develop the game-going tricks. Unfortu- nately, there was only one entry to dummy. South found an unusual so- lution to his problem when East played the ace of spades to the first trick. Be jettisoned his king of spades under the ace! Now, dum- my's jack-ten of spades were equals with the ojueen, and since declarer held two more spades, he could force an entry to in that suit. No matter what the de- fenders did, they were help- less as the cards lay. Be- sides the spade holding, the queen of clubs was an entry mm i IT i J JS QBflUBY XOT Since East held the JmUE Ol QleVDQDQS. 06CUUPC9T came to one spade trick, two hearts, three ifiantBiitii and three clubs. Note that if declarer fails to unblock the king of spades, he can be defeated if the defense does not fatter Itho doable-dummy, he can make the The dia- mond finesse succeeds, bet declarer can come to no more man eignt tncss pro- vided the defenders just sit back and wait to collect their tricks. Your horoscope ByJeamDiion FRIDAY, MARCH 8 Your birthday today: Is marked by the full moon. The coming year is full of unexpected harvest, results of many prior actions. Old limitations are seen in an entirely different light. Relationships blossom into their fullest phase swiftly and with little interference Today's natives often- specialize in the knowledge of exotic or distant peoples and their cultures, or develop their own field of study where no well-defined subject has been established before them. ARIES (March 21-April There's no use trying a high- pressure approach. Cooperation at the outset attracts its return later, works quite well so long as you are reasonable. TAURUS (April 20-May Where a trouble-free traditional method is available, use it. Where you attempt the unusual, everything falls apart and has to be done over. GEMINI (May 21-June Nearly everyone is anxious and ready to express his feelings. You have better prospects working at something you believe in rather intensely. CANCER (June 21-July Offer now what you plan to give, and get on with it. Improvements of work and home situation are feasible, once you've broken thru the inertia of things as they were. LEO (July 23-Aug. Wind up work week with as much enthusiasm as you can muster. Old obligations must be redeemed first. Competition for your resources may be hard to cope with. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. Continue with a steady pace, and be ahead of those who rush and then stop to gawk. There's hardly any object along your way that would call for a second glance, anyway. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. Concentrate on work that requires little or no direct personal collaboration. Older people tend to get in the way if you are in a hurry. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. It is all too easy to circulate a bigger story than the facts justify, very difficult to contain the matter once you've let it out. Patience is essential SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22- Dec. Today's experience is like a do-it-yourself toy; no matter how you try putting it together, it isn't quite right. Common sense saves the day. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. If you are the boss, fine. If you're not, keep things simple and get your share of the job done without complaint. Plan tomorrow's schedule. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. The great benefits of today go largely ignored as you and others fret over relative trifles. What passes for principle is often no more than a personal whim. PISCES (Feb. 19-March Any premature announcement of your intentions would draw strong and immediate resistance today. What is not ready to be done is just as well left unsaid. 1974, The Chicago Tribune Ask Andy ERODING NIAGARA Andy sends a complete 20- volume set of the Merit Students Encyclopedia to James J. Scroggins, age 12, of Tallassee, Alabama, for his question: Is Niagara Falls really eroding? The news from Niagara is far from good. The falls, naturally, are falling and gradually eroding as they have through thousands of years. Now we are told that more serious erosion threatens the cliffs around them where millions of visitors stand to admire the tumbling torrents. Fortunately, an enormous engineering project is planned to reinforce the rocky foundations before anything happens to threaten the view. In 1969, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers performed the impossible task of turning off Niagara Falls. At least they stopped the American side of the great waterfalls. They did it by building a dam up the river and diverting this portion of the stream to another channel. The reason for this fantastic operation was to survey the possibility of future erosion both under and around the falls. American and Canadian geologists have been concerned about erosion in this region for a long time. In the 1990s, a joint engineering project was undertaken to reduce the natural erosion that normally occurs under the falls and in the river bed below the plunging cataract. The more recent survey was concerned with possible erosion in the cliffs facing the falls. The survey took several years and the report was not pleasant. The engineers found cracks and fissures deep in the rocky formations. This sort of erosion threatens future rockslides. However, wouldn't you know, those same engineering geniuses suggested a remedy. Right now, the American Falls have been turned back on. But not we hope, for long. The anti-erosion project calls for shutting off the water again while mighty cables and other means are installed deep in the weakened rocks. The proposed project to be undertaken jointly by the United States and Canada is expected to cost This sort of erosion in the cliffs around the falls is rather new. However, erosion in the Niagara region is an old old story going back several thousand years to when the falls were formed after the last ice age. The cascading cataracts, of course, tumble over steep cliffs into the bed of the Niagara. From time to time chunks tumble down from the cliff faces and the falls inch back down the river. During an average year, the cliffs behind the tumbling waters are eroded from a few inches to three or four feet. As in all waterfalls, the pressure of the tumbling water weakens and washes away the cliffs and gouges deep pits in the river bed below the falls. Questions caked by child- ren of Herald should be mailed to Ask Andy, P.O. Box. 765, Huntington Beech, California 92648. (Copyright Chronicle Publishing Co. 1973) Fun with figures By J. A. H. HUNTER Any slob can speed, if only to prove what he is! Each letter here stands for a different digit. What will your SPEEDS be? Thanks for an idea to A. G. Bradbury, North Bay, Ontario. PLEASE ALL USE LOWE R SPEEDS (Answer tomorrow) Yesterday's answer: 77 stamps. PROOFOPQUR 9 w _ CAN I BEAT A V1AN AT THE MOST SAVAGED AU-SroW5-O4m "MISTER HA1THATS A LAU6H' ONLY SENSITIVE TO WURSELF.' PONT CARE ANfTHW ABOUT THERE'S SMART SENSITIVE ANP THERE'S WM0 SENSITIVE] SHORT MBS byfraoWneal I fSSST. SEWAGE "WE OP MARCH. 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